February 19, 2010, - 4:38 pm

Religion of Peace & Throwing Babies Off Bridges

By Debbie Schlussel

Meant to get to this, yesterday.  It’s important.  Think of this story, the next time anyone (like Jihad Grover Norquist) tells you that Muslims are pro-life (yeah, we’ve seen several thousand examples of just how “pro-life” they are–9/11, Hezbollah, HAMAS, Undiebomber, Shoebomber, etc., etc., etc.). Apparently, at least one devout Muslim has made his own real-life, tragic sequel to “Throw Momma From the Train”: Throw Baby From the Bridge.



N.J. man accused of throwing baby daughter off the Driscoll Bridge

And kudos–giant, mega-akbar kudos!–to The Star-Ledger of New Jersey for having the guts–the cojones!–to mention what would usually be whitewashed:  the perpetrators strong devotion to Islam and his trip to see his imam.

A tragedy, indeed, for this innocent, helpless baby girl:

The mother of a 3-month-old girl allegedly thrown from the Garden State Parkway’s Driscoll Bridge by her father Tuesday night pleaded today for her daughter’s safe return.

“I just want my baby to get back home,” Venetta Benjamin said, briefly talking to reporters outside her mother’s home in East Orange. “I ask anybody if they have seen my daughter to please contact police.”

Three-month-old Zara Malini-Lin Abdur-Raheem was abducted in East Orange at 4 p.m. Tuesday by her father Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway Township, Atlantic County, police said. When he was arrested in Camden County four hours later, he told authorities he threw his child from the Garden State Parkway’s Driscoll Bridge into the Raritan River.

State Police are continuing to search the river today for the infant.

Benjamin said her daughter, Zara Malani-Lin, born Nov. 19 2009, would be three months old on Friday. . . .

Abdur-Raheem, 21, who does not have custody rights for his daughter, is accused of attacking the child’s grandmother at her East Orange apartment before fleeing with the girl.

The grandmother chased Abdur-Raheem outside the apartment building and threw herself on the hood of a minivan in an attempt to stop the abduction, according to Chris Bailey, superintendent of the building.

Wow, that’s a brave granny.  And here’s the money quote:

During the four hours police were searching for Abdur-Raheem, he told police he drove south on the Garden State Parkway, stopped to throw the baby from the bridge, and then continued to Atlantic County to visit an Imam. . . .

He was religious and said his prayers regularly.

[He] visited two mosques Tuesday evening before he was arrested. They were Masjid Muhammad on Albany Avenue in Atlantic City and Masjid un-Nur in Camden County.

Religion of Peace, indeed. More like Religion of Rest in Peace before your life even begins.

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41 Responses

Look on the bright side, one less potential muslim in the world

Nak on February 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Is that your asinine of the day? It is pretty much on a par with what you have posted in the past.

    Worry01 on February 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Yup. That is them. Very sickening. I wish

Daniel. on February 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Sorry. Something went wrong while typing. Yup. That is them. Very sickening. I wish I could have 48 hours from the old days, I bet you a lot of things will change and our country will be much safer.

Meanwhile all what I could do is pray.

Daniel. on February 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm

[Look on the bright side, one less potential muslim in the world

Nak on February 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm]

Are you talking about the little girl? You sick bastard! You’re no better than the man who threw the girl off the bridge.What’s your religion so that we may mock it?

NB: “Nak” is Muslim. DS

Norman Blitzer on February 20, 2010 at 12:16 am

Look on the bright side, one less potential muslim in the world

Nak on February 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

How very sympathetic of you. Sort of the same sentiment felt by good Nazi’s as they threw innocent Jewish babies, still alive, into ovens. You’d make a good NAZI.

kenny komodo on February 20, 2010 at 1:58 am

How and where will America law place this guy who abuses the rights of children?

Unity for the World

Stanley Martin on February 20, 2010 at 3:06 am

This story upsets me to no end. FWIW, NJ Police Suspend Search For Baby.


State Police have halted a widespread search for a 3-month-old girl believed to have been thrown off a bridge
into a New Jersey river by her father.

State Police Sgt. Julian Castellanos said Friday evening that marine police and state police units will continue looking during their regular patrols, placing emphasis on areas where the child may be.

Police say 21-year-old Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway, told them he threw his daughter, Zara Malani-lin Abdur, off the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway on Tuesday.

Abdur-Raheem has pleaded not guilty to charges including the attempted murder of the child’s maternal grandmother whom police say he assaulted during the alleged abduction.

The child’s mother had sought a restraining order against him.

wtd on February 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

When will American law punish idiotic Christian parents who let their children die rather than take them to the hospital cause they think praying to a fairy tail will help?

Nak on February 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Actually, there have been prosecutions for that. Do you need examples? Also, how is that really comparable to someone throwing a child off of a bridge to kill them? In one case, you have people who for religious reasons furnish inadequate care(and, while in this case it was a simple case of extermination.

    Worry01 on February 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Shouldn’t you be banging your head on your prayer rug right about now. Why don’t you go back to giving your self a concussion and leave the comment section to more intelligent life.

    MRobs on October 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

That poor, sweet innocent baby. My heart is breaking. The evil people do. Sadder than sad.

Skunky on February 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

He threw his DAUGHTER off the bridge. How much you want to bet the outcome wouldn’t have been the same if the child had been a boy?

Kalifornia Kafir on February 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm

This makes me physically ill. That poor baby.

Tempus Fugit on February 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Vigil planned for missing NJ baby
New Jersey (WABC) — Family and friends have planned a candlelight vigil Sunday night for 3-month old Zara Malani-lin Abdur.

Police say 21-year-old Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, of Galloway, told them he threw his daughter off the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway on Tuesday.

Abdur-Raheem has pleaded not guilty to charges including the attempted murder of the child’s maternal grandmother whom police say he assaulted during the alleged abduction. The child’s mother had sought a restraining order against him.

The search for Zara was scaled back Friday after sonar units failed to find anything in the water. A vigil is planned for Sunday night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Church of Epiphany, located at 105 Main Street in East Orange.

Zara was reported to be wearing a pink and gray Carter’s onesie and may have been wrapped in a blue sleeping bag.

If anyone has information regarding the infant or this case, they are urged to report it confidentially by calling the State Police hotline 732-264-4150.
(Copyright ©2010 WABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

wtd on February 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Are the authorities gonna search the mosques and
question those involved with the Mosques? How do we know
there were no accomplices? In fact the child may still
be alive.

I bet the authorities will not even consider going into
Mosques or questing those involved with the Mosques.

I_AM_ME on February 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I_AM_ME . . . you read my mind. Did the authorities check the cell phone records of each of the players identified thus far in the case – ie: Shamsid-din, his mother (whose van he used in the kidnap/assault), his father (who finally turned him in), his mosque contacts (at both mosques)? The msm reported there were two witnesses to Shamsid-din’s assault on Zara’s maternal grandmother which included an accomplice who was in the drivers seat of the van when Shamsid-din kidnapped Zara and got in the passenger side of the van to escape:

wtd on February 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Wait wait wait… So because this guy is a Muslim it must have been religiously motivated? How many times every frigging year do we get stories about parents killing their children from all religious backgrounds? You’ve got mothers driving their cars into water with the kids strapped in and recently one decapitating a baby, but oh no because this guy happens to be Muslim then that must mean all 1.5 Billion would do it without remorse.
Hopefully one day we all look back and see how stupid we were for thinking theres some magical invisible sky daddy looking down on us.

Nak on February 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    You are indeed a bottom feeder. You should quit while you are behind.

    Worry01 on February 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm

The joke is going to be on you Nak when you realize how stupid you were for believing in a FALSE PROPHET named mohammed. And guess what? There is crazy everywhere, but Islam is just plain evil. The religion as a whole is evil. Your “arguments” are useless here, but thanks for the laugh.

Angela04 on February 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Why would I believe in Muhammad. I’m an atheist, or should I worship a god who just let a innocent baby girl get killed? Would this be the same god who was on vacation when 6 million Jews were being exterminated by Christians? If there is a god he sure as bell doesn’t care about us, if he did things like the holocaust would never have happened.

Nak on February 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Don’t confuse the divine acts of an infinitely wise God with the time-space actions committed by His freewill-endowed mortal creatures. Imperfection is our initial state but not the eternal destiny for those of us who look beyond the dark shadows of things seen to follow the spirit-path of cosmic illumination.

    Knight Poet on August 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Isn’t every religion pretty much a religion of peace? Why are you pointing out this man? Just because he is Muslim (sp?)? But Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Athiets, etc….

There is NO excuse for (presumably) killing a child no matter what. But to post this particular crime is just discriminatory. Isn’t there a little boy 11-month old baby missing out there because his Christian mother got greedy and wanted to sell him when his father didn’t? Where is the post on them?

Lee in the US on February 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I am heartsick. It is inconceivable to me that someone would do this to a child, let alone a father doing this to his own baby.

Kudos, too, to Acting AG Paula Dow for having the backbone to mention that this dirtbag visited his “imam” afterward, explaining that the imam is “his Islamic religious leader.” She could have easily instead just said, without the specificity, that he visited his religious leader.

The vigil is being held at the Church of Epiphany, from which I infer the custodial parent is not Muslim and that this child likewise would not have been.

Mike on February 21, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Judging from the picture of the baby’s mother, I would say she is not Muslim.

    LifeInaShoe on February 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm

There is ample reason to consider the faith in this particular incident. The suspect’s father constantly reminds everyone who will listen they are devout in their submission. Read the published reports. Grandpa can’t help himself. Inasmuch as Grandpa uses faith as a crutch, he also reveals, though dismissively, his son has a history with drugs and an explosive temper.

Consider the fact that Valentines day took place on the Sunday before this horrific series of events. Perhaps Shamsid-din’s explosive temper couldn’t take rejection of his proposal or his faith. Clearly, Benjamin, Zara’s mother is not about to submit. Quotes from a few links:

Link #1. . .. http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/84662127.html?viewAll=y

Quote: ‘”I believe he wanted to get married, and she didn’t,” Raheem said.’

Link #2 . . . http://pressofatlanticcity.com/news/press/atlantic/article_e4588c64-1bb7-11df-bc98-001cc4c002e0.html

Quote: “After Abdur-Raheem allegedly threatened to harm Benjamin the prior weekend, a restraining order was granted Tuesday, Loriquet said. Abdur-Raheem had not received the order by the time he got to Benjamin’s mother’s house in East Orange.”


Quote: “Benjamin and several family members quietly declined requests for comment as they waited hours for the short court hearing to start. A woman in a clerical collar could be heard setting up a prayer vigil for Thursday evening, which was to include several churches in the Essex County area, “but not become a public spectacle.”

“I don’t want to hear, ‘I’m sorry,’” Benjamin told the woman.”

From the second link, another bit of info surfaces. During Thursday’s hearing, the public defender representing Shamsid-din claimed:

Quote: ““He does not qualify for that bail whatsoever,” she told the judge. “That’s usually for someone with a previous criminal record. As an adult, he has none.” [LIE!]

But Municipal Judge Amilkar Velez-Lopez said it was not illegal, and that — since he was not a Superior Court judge — he did not have the power to alter it. If Abdur-Raheem should make bail, he can have no contact with the victim, witnesses or relatives, the judge cautioned him. “No contact in any way, shape or form,” Velez-Lopez said, adding that this included texting or e-mail.”

The public defenders statement contradicts Shamsid-din’s fathers claim from yet another article:

Link . . .http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/84662127.html?viewAll=y

Quote: “Abdur-Raheem had a juvenile record for dealing drugs, his father said, but had “turned himself around” and earned good grades.”

This link also mentions Shamsid-din’s temperament and his father’s lack of integrity:

Quote: . . .”He might get into your face over something that he believed strongly about, but then, he would have a way of calming down and smiling,” said Abdul Cooper, a former Stockton roommate.”

Quote: . . .”Raheem would not talk about what his son told him – “I don’t want to incriminate him any more than he incriminated himself,” he said”
Quote: . . .”We’re all distraught about this,” Raheem said in his living room, decorated with religious photos and objects. “We’re faithful people. We don’t condone any kind of violence.”

One more link:

Report at this link appears to have scrubbed these quotes since originally posted at Press of Atlantic city.com. If you search each of the quotes online, a cache of their website indicates quotes are accurate but cannot currently be retrieved either thru internet archive or the PofA website: http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/alerts_breaking/article_e4588c64-1bb7-11df-bc98-001cc4c002e0.html

Quotes : . . .“He also secured an internship with the federal Office of the Attorney General’s Juvenile Division in Washington, D.C., last summer, but was fired within a month because he was frequently absent and unproductive.”


“Abdur-Raheem apparently lashed out at the staffer who terminated him and had to be escorted out by security, according to personnel there.”

wtd on February 21, 2010 at 8:08 am


[quote] “Venetta Benjamin, the infants mother isn’t convinced Shamsid-din threw their daughter off the GSP Driscoll bridge. She says:
“Benjamin, however, says, “I really, truly do not think she is there.”

The 23-year-old mother and college student believes, instead, that her baby is alive and that Abdur-Raheem, who was often jealous and possessive of his girlfriend, lied to police.

“He will say anything to get to me,” she said yesterday, but added that she also believes, “he knows right from wrong. He wasn’t raised like this.”” [end quote]

wtd on February 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

CBC did an interview today with a retired Major-General (Lewis MacKenzie). He was commenting on the “surge” in Afghanistan. And he noted, in a matter-of-fact way, that Muslims in the Middle East have zero regard for women. The “fighters” routinely hide behind the skirts of women, using them as human shields. And the “fighters” do this because they simply care little or nothing for women…when/if women are killed it’s no big deal.

When I heard MacKenzie, it was jaw-dropping — so completely true yet politically incorrect. I have to laugh…you simply never, ever hear such honesty (it’s so, so rare here in Canada — particularly from CBC which just loves Muslims/Islam, no matter what they do, etc.)

J.S. on February 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

This baby wasn’t allegedly killed in Middle East, but in the US! And even Abdur-Raheem’s dad said that their family (Muslim-by the way) does not believe in violence.

Lee in the US on February 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Shamsid-din was so pious, at twenty one, he already experienced the Islamic version of ‘temporary marriage’, “Mut’a” . ..

Link: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/nj_mother_holds_out_hope_her_m.html

Abdur-Raheem, a student at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where Benjamin also studied, was so smart he didn’t need to prepare for tests, she said, but behind his bookish exterior was a temper. For the three stormy years they were together, he was quick to anger especially when he thought she might leave him, she said.

They broke up briefly in 2008 when Abdur-Raheem married a Bangladeshi girl in an Islamic ceremony that was never legalized and which ended after a few weeks, said Benjamin.

When Benjamin got pregnant last year, they moved in together and tried to work on their relationship, but his volatility drove them apart and she moved out with their baby on Feb. 1, she said.


Interesting that Shamsid-din traveled to Bangladesh for this “Mut’a” . . .recall his passport was surrendered through the speedy bail program (see video in DS post above, ff 4:40).

wtd on February 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Under Shari’a law, there is no penalty for those who kill their children or grandchildren.

Under Shari’a law, a women’s testimony is only worth half that of a man’s, meaning that unless there was at least two other (muslim) women or a (muslim) man who witnessed the assault on the grandmother, then he would win on the preponderance of witnesses (i.e his testimony), unless he confessed to the assault.

Under Shari’a law, he would have the right to take any children once they reached a particular age, regardless of the wishes of the mother.

Who will still claim that Shari’a law is compatible with Western Civilization?

Bill on February 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

This is pure evil, committed by a Muslim, again.

Truth on February 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hey Bill, do you have any evidence for your ridiculous claims?

Where in Sharia does it say that there is no penalty for those who kill their children or grandchildren?

I’m not defending Islam or Sharia, btw, I’m just calling you a liar.

zigo on February 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    (‘Umdat al-Salik o1.1-2), a manual of Sunni Shari’a endorsed by Al-Azhar: ‘However, “not subject to retaliation” is “a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring.” ‘

    Bill on February 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

LOL This whole website makes me lol, seriously. This whole thing. Evil muslims indeed. When any ordinary person commits a crime, no one blaims religion or their heritage, or their upbringing. Following this woman’s opinions are like sheep being led by another sheep. You learn nothing and go no where. I actually want to thank you for writing this, and exposing how truly ignorant you really are, and how Americans will believe anything. I’m a Jew who married a Muslim, and guess what? My inlaws haven’t forced me into covering, or forced me to kill anyone, or forced me to go to a mosque *gasp* Indeed, they are 100% more normal then the nutsos agreeing with this post. A whole website dedicated to ruining a religion. You think you’re doing proactive work, you are doing quite the opposite.

muslimjew on February 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

“MuslimJew” have you ever read any Phyllis Chesler? Maybe you should. Don’t go to his country of origin for a visit; you might just be in for a nasty surprise.

While it’s true that there are bad people in any religion, why is it that there are so many more bad people in Islam??

batyah on February 23, 2010 at 2:15 am

What does the “Mother” expect after letting a dirty muzzie touch her?

One less muzzie, good riddance.

goldenmike4393 on February 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Update. . .correction posted on line by Philly.com


A story Thursday incorrectly identified an internship once held by Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem, who is charged with kidnapping his daughter. He participated in an internship with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General.

wtd on February 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

So what if he is a Muslim? Are you implying that Muslim leaders encouraged him to do this? Where is the proof? This is a man who was most likely disturbed and also happened to be Muslim. But there is no connection between his religious faith and the terrible act he committed.

Anonymous on August 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Khi?r replies, “This shall be separation between me and you; now I will inform you of the significance of that with which you could not have patience.” Many acts which seem to be evil, malicious or somber, actually were merciful.
(After Khidr kills a boy in front of Moses)
… And as for the boy, his parents were believers and we feared lest he should make disobedience and ingratitude to come upon them.” God will replace the child with one better in purity, affection and obedience.

Tanstaafl on May 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Debbie, I’d like ………no………..correction………… I’d love to throw you off a bridge. And no, I’m not going to give you my religion cuz it has nothing to do with my feelings. Thnx for the laugh, I still want to through you off a bridge. No! Make that a cliff. Yup, a cliff will do, just for now. When I think of something better, I’ll let you know.


hahaha on July 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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